What to pack for safe driving on the highway this Christmas – Winnipeg | PKBNEWS

With winter storms across the country forcing thousands to cancel vacation travel plans, Manitoba appears to be safe from the worst stormy weather this weekend. Local motorists may not hesitate to drive around the province this Christmas weekend.

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But CAA Manitoba’s Elisha Dacey says motorists should take precautions even for short highway trips.

“While storms may not hit Manitoba, it’s still very, very cold, we have a blowing snow advisory, so visibility outside of the city of Winnipeg and outside of Brandon is going to be lower than normal,” she said. .

CAA has seen about double its normal number of calls this week, with Dacey citing battery issues as accounting for about half. The cold spell in Winnipeg is not expected to kick in until Dec. 27, and Dacey expects demand for CAA services to remain high through the Christmas weekend.

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“Now is the time to absolutely make sure your winter car kit is fully stocked,” she said.

A winter vehicle kit should include:

  • warm winter clothes and blankets
  • candles and matches
  • a snow shovel
  • non-perishable food
  • the water
  • jumper cables
  • phone charger cable and fully charged battery
  • first aid kit
  • fully charged flashlight and batteries
  • window scraper

Dacey also urges drivers to obey closed road signs.

“If you’re stuck on a closed road, we can’t help you,” she said. “We can’t pick you up.

Ron Barsky, owner of the Bramer Automotive Center, also tells his customers to prepare for the worst when traveling on the freeway. Drivers should be prepared to stay in their vehicle for several hours if they find themselves stranded in rural areas.

“Make sure you have enough gas in the tank,” he said. “Really, in this type of weather, I wouldn’t let it drop below half a tank.”

Barsky says winter tires help with traction, but keeping them at the right pressure is just as important. Cold weather often causes slow air leakage, so he recommends checking them regularly.

Until the dangerously low temperatures subside, Dacey hopes Manitobans will consider the issues when planning their trips on the highway this weekend.

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“As much as it pains me to say it, if you don’t need to travel, it’s probably a good idea to stay home this Christmas,” Dacey said. “And it’s so difficult, especially after a few years of the pandemic, and we haven’t seen our families…. Honestly, it might not be worth the risk to travel on some of these roads.

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